I had actually seen another post about this, in which the user was helped by nasdaq; but he eventually gave up because he thought he was paranoid. He's not paranoid, this is a real issue. My problem would not be a big deal if I was using this Windows XP laptop to do anything other than play XP compatible video games, such as Diablo II; the computer runs everything else fine, and I can ignore the constant background loading issue because I can still navigate around and nothing really is happening. I scrubbed with Malwarebytes and cleaned up the leftovers with CCleaner, which I'm sure could probably be more efficient. I'm not sure the answer is something viral, but I could always be wrong, what with having a tiny female brain and all.
Does anyone have any ideas?